You are talking about an awful lot of very good fishable water in the Marlborough Sounds. The two premier sports fish in the Sounds are snapper and yellowtail kingfish. The snapper are there all year around but in my experience you need to be
knowledgeable to catch them. There are 20 pound plus snapper caught regularly in Pelorus Sound. I have never been particularly good at it. But I have mates who catch them regularly. You need to use berley and a certain measure of stealth which involves not making a lot of noise. Fishing in exactly the right spot helps. There are many other fish species in the Sounds.
Fished the channel between the Rangitoto’s and Durville yesterday.It was extremely rough from the Chetwode’s to Durville with a fairlie big waves all chopped up.Would of been no place to take a boat under 8 metres but it did die down after lunchtime.Five of us aboard and we all got our limit of cod,good ones too.Alot of big Tarakihi,some of the biggest one’s Ive ever seen.A few Gurnard and two sevengillers and one snapper.I was keen on putting out a live bait under a balloon around the Rangitoto’s but the wind never let up so didnt bother.On the way back we stopped in Ketu for a dredge.30mins and two dredges later each of us had our 50 legal scallops.Obviously the commercial boys had’nt dredged there this year which can only be a good thing.
So as a report,all in all,the fishing outside the entrance to the Pelorus is real hot and the cod seem to be abundant and of goodsize.Not much info on the snapper front but we get atleast one every trip during snapper season no matter were we are.